Charles, Hot Sun Foundation filmmaking trainee
My name is Charles. I live in Majengo, Nairobi, Kenya. (Editor’s note: Majengo is a large urban slum). My interest in cameras lead to my journey in filmmaking.
My first experience with a professional camera was when my sponsors from the UK, who were paying my high school fees, came for a visit to Kenya. We took a trip to Mombasa (on the coast) and they were taking photos the whole time. I asked to view their pictures, but by accident I was so curious about the camera’s functions that I clicked around and accidentally deleted all their photos. They were very angry with me.
The next morning, I woke up early to take photos of beach activities and capture the sun rising. This remedied the situation because they told me my photography was surprisingly good. I guess I have a natural ability to compose pictures.
After high school, I joined Hot Sun Film School. I could only manage to attend classes for one month. As an orphan, I have to take care of myself, and my income as a second hand clothes trader was not enough.
However, I continued my filmmaking learning via tutorials on Youtube. I also attended various art and film workshops. I have stayed in touch with my former classmates and participated in their projects.
Now I am back at Hot Sun Foundation learning about film production.
Training at Hot Sun Foundation is quite engaging. I love interacting with other students who are full of big ideas and have as much energy for the art as I do.
I have come to discover that implementing an idea can be really challenging. I have a number of movie ideas but funds to achieve these ideas are not easy to come by. Nevertheless, I have managed to shoot a short trailer for a movie about old people in the coastal town of Mombasa, Kenya who are subjected to lynching for suspicion of being witches.
Filmmaking is challenging as equipment is expensive and even low budget productions come with a hefty price tag. All in all, I love it so much that I am up to the challenge.
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